Congressman Fred Upton has added his voice to the chorus of lawmakers who want to see a ban on bump stocks. Those are the devices that can be used to turn a semi automatic rifle into an automatic. The Las Vegas shooter was using a bump stock. Congressman Upton issued a statement Thursday, saying “we cannot with a straight face justify the legality of these tools that can so easily be manipulated to do unimaginable harm and are specifically designed to get around the automatic weapon ban.” He adds he’s working with other lawmakers on a letter to the ATF asking for bump stocks to be banned. Even the National Rifle Association called for “additional regulations” on bump stocks.
You can read Congressman Upton’s full statement below.
“In the wake of the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas it’s clear that we cannot with a straight face justify the legality of these tools that can so easily be manipulated to do unimaginable harm and are specifically designed to get around the automatic weapon ban.
“There is no place for them in a civil society. None.
“I am currently working with other members of Congress who share my concerns on a letter to the ATF. It is my hope that after a thorough examination, the ATF will agree with us and conclude these mechanisms violate the law and will be banned.
“It is our responsibility to look at what happened in Las Vegas and find ways to take action. This is a step we can and should take. I’m proud to stand up and push this common-sense effort to ban bump-stocks.”